April 3rd, 2018
How to make your iPhone battery last longer
Our phones help us stay connected, surf the web, and take amazing photos. That is, when we're not searching for a charging cord. Is your iPhone® not holding a charge? Don't worry, there are a few things you can do to increase its battery life and performance.
At Asurion, our experts help millions of customers resolve their device problems and get the most out of their favorite tech, whether it's a TV with no sound or a dryer that won't stop running. So if you've been asking yourself, “Why is my phone dying so fast?” check out their iPhone battery saving tips below to keep your device running longer and working like it should.
Why is my iPhone battery draining so fast?
Before you can learn how to save battery on your iPhone, it's important to know why it no longer holds a charge. There are several reasons this could be happening, from background apps to bad connections, but Asurion Experts come across these issues the most:
Poor battery health
Whether you've had your iPhone for a few years or a few months, its battery health may have started to decline. Want to see how yours is doing? Open Settings > Battery > Battery Health.
Your iPhone is packed with cool apps—from games to streaming services—but they can weaken your battery with prolonged use. To find out which ones are draining the most power, open Settings > Battery. You'll also be able to see how much time you spend using each app (in case you want to adjust your screen time).
The charging port or cable
Whether the cable is loose, unplugged, or damaged or the port is clogged with dirt and debris, it could be the reason your device isn't powering up. If the port is dusty, use our guide to clean it in a few easy steps.
iOS updates can take a toll on your phone's speed, performance, and battery life. If you recently installed new software and have noticed your iPhone battery draining quickly, be patient. Your phone may need some time to adapt, especially if its low on storage space (which may drain your battery as well).
If your iPhone no longer holds a charge, certain settings could be to blame. Screen brightness, Bluetooth®, GPS, or even your Wi-Fi connection settings can drain your battery when these features are turned on.
5 ways to save battery life on your iPhone
Once you've determined what is draining your iPhone's battery, there are several ways to give it a boost. Here's how to make an iPhone battery last longer, according to our experts:
1. Turn on Low Power Mode
When your battery gets to 20% or lower, your phone may prompt you to conserve power. Low Power Mode reduces some of your phone's functions until you can juice up. But you can also turn on this feature any time: Just open Settings > Battery and turn on Low Power Mode.
2. Reduce push notifications
Constant app notifications can keep you connected to the world—at the expense of your battery life. Do a quick audit and see which updates you can live without. Here's how: Open Settings > Notifications, then choose an app from the list to adjust its notification settings.
3. Adjust Auto-Lock settings
Auto-Lock controls the length of time before your screen turns off. To save battery life, choose a shorter Auto-Lock setting. It's simple:
- Open Settings > Display & Brightness.
- Tap Auto-Lock and choose a length of time. Our experts recommend 30 seconds.
4. Check Location Services
Location Services is a helpful feature that uses cell towers, Wi-Fi hotspots, GPS, and Bluetooth to pinpoint your approximate location, but these services can also burn through the battery. When turned on, your apps can access your location. Turn it off for those that don't need to know:
- Open Settings > Privacy > Location Services.
- You can turn off Location Services at the top of the screen or change the settings for each app by tapping Never, Ask Next Time, While Using the App, or Always, when the option is available.
Keep in mind that certain apps like Maps and Weather won't function properly without Location Services. But to save battery, Asurion Experts recommend setting location features to While Using the App.
5. Turn off Background App Refresh
When Background App Refresh is turned on, apps and services constantly run in the background of your iPhone, draining your battery. Here's how to turn it off and maximize your battery life.
- Open Settings > General > Background App Refresh.
- Select Off or choose to refresh apps while using Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi & Cellular Data.
Tried all of these tips and still dealing with a quick draining battery? Stop by your nearest uBreakiFix by Asurion store for a free diagnostic or a quick iPhone battery replacement.
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